The 16 Best Pop Culture Halloween Costumes for 2020

Celia Shatzman
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Plenty of people pride themselves on finding the most clever, timely and on-point Halloween costume every year. During 2020, the options weren’t quite as plentiful as usual, since we’ve spent the bulk of the year hunkered down. But don’t let that stop you from planning a costume that will make everyone else jealous that they didn’t think of it first. Of course, you could dress up as coronavirus, but this year has given us more fodder than you might realize when it comes to funny, creative costumes. On All Hallows’ Eve, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a great costume, even if the usual celebrations are off the table. These are the pop culture moments that will make the best Halloween costumes.

1. ‘Emily in Paris’

The new Netflix series helmed by “Sex and the City” team creator Darren Star and costume designer Patricia Field has everyone running to give their closet a Parisian upgrade to get the “Emily in Paris” look. But copying Emily’s style, played by Lily Collins, is a lot easier than it seems. Start with a red beret, just like the one she wears in the show. This red wool one will do the trick. Pair it with a black and white checkered blazer and matching shorts and voila! You’ll look straight out of the scene on the bridge when they’re filming the fragrance ad.

2. Moira Rose from ‘Schitt’s Creek’

If you’re wondering how to dress like your favorite Schitt’s Creek character for Halloween this year, you’re not alone. Honestly, dressing like anyone from the show is a win, since they all make for some of the best pop culture Halloween costumes out there. But we’d put our money on Moira, since her black and white palette is easy to copy. Make like the soap star with these black and white stripped leggings, which look like they’re straight out of her closet. Add a black blouse, towering heels, a sparkling statement necklace and a bold red lip and you’re good to go.

3. Billie Eilish

Be “the bad guy” this Halloween. What better way to celebrate the five-time Grammy winning artist than to mimic singer Billie Eilish’s iconic look.

Billie Eilish Halloween Costume
Billie Eilish Halloween Costume

4. Sister Night

The hero of 2020, Sister Night from HBO’s “Watchmen” is the breakout comic book character of the year. Played by the Emmy-winning Regina King, fight for justice in this impressive vigilante ensemble. Just don’t forget your egg.

5. Catherine the Great

Though Catherine the Great reigned a long time ago, she suddenly felt very 2020 again with Elle Fanning’s tongue-in-cheek portrayal of her on “The Great.” Add a wig, something with fur and a desire to rule and you’ll be the talk of any Halloween fete.

6. David Rose from ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Remember what we said about dressing like your favorite Schitt’s Creek character makes for the best pop culture Halloween costume this year? We had to include an option for men, so David Rose wins on that one. This black kilt is a doppelganger for many he wears on the series. Add a graphic sweater, Converse sneakers and these sunglasses and your costume will be complete.

7. Carole Baskin from ‘Tiger King’

Hey all you cool cats and kittens. Do you know anyone who didn’t binge watch “Tiger King” when it hit Netflix back in March? Of course, “Tiger King” is prime for inspiring the best pop culture costumes of 2020, particularly Carole Baskin. Nabbing her very specific signature style is easy. Pair this leopard print top with a flower crown, carry a tiger stuffed animal and talk about your love of big cats.

8. Ted Lasso

Need a little positivity this Halloween? Why not dress up as the everyone’s favorite football dad/coach. Apple Plus’ “Ted Lasso” is the feel good series of 2020, and also a delightfully easy costume. Slap on a fake mustache (or grow your own), a coach’s whistle, pair of slacks, running shoes and an AFC Richmond Classic shirt and you are good to go.

9. The Mandalorian

It’s simply not Halloween unless someone wears a “Star Wars” costume, so that might as well be you. Make it the Mandalorian, the newest character from a galaxy far, far away to capture everyone’s imaginations. You’ll feel like the intergalactic hero dressed up in his top, pants, cloak, amour and gloves. Carry around a Baby Yoda doll for bonus points.

10. Baby Yoda

“Wherever I go, he goes.” If you’re planning on putting on the Mandalorian mask, your look will not be complete without the child.

12. Miles Morales

He may have made his big-screen debut in 2018, but if you want to be on the cusp of what’s cool in the Marvelverse consider dressing up as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s” Miles Morales. And if you’re looking for a group costume, you can always add Spider-Gwen to your Halloween hall of heroes!

12. Alexander Hamilton

Thanks to “Hamilton” coming to Disney Plus this summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical has once again taken center stage — pun intended. Dress up as everyone’s favorite founding father and you’ll be sure to be a smash hit as well. The colonial officer costume includes a jacket, vest front, jabot, knickers and boot-top shoe covers. Tony award sold separately!

13. Harley Quinn

You know it takes quite a character to upstage the Joker, but Harley Quinn does just that, so imagine what’ll that do for you at your Halloween party. You can dress up as her as part of a squad, go with your own Joker or be solo for the night. The costume includes a jacket with attached top, shorts, fishnet tights and the belt. Throw on a wig and copy her makeup and you’ll be all set. The bat is sold separately and it’s the perfect final touch.

14. Wonder Woman

The more the release date for “Wonder Woman 1984” gets pushed back, the more we can’t wait to see Gal Gadot reprise her iconic role on the silver screen. It’s just one more reason — not that you needed one — to step into the superhero’s cape this Halloween. This officially licensed kit has an interesting spin on the classic look but still includes belt, gauntlets and tiara. Superpowers are not for sale.

15. Finn from ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

In a sea of Stormtroopers, stand out as Finn. Yes, “Star Wars” costumes are a classic, but you can go off the beaten path with a less predictable character choice. This officially licensed costume makes it a cinch to join the Resistance, since it comes with everything needed to step into Finn’s shoes: his signature printed jacket with a shirt attached and pants with boot covers.

16. Dr. Fauci

You knew a coronavirus-themed costume was coming! Everyone’s favorite doctor is sure to be the best Halloween costume of the year. The beauty of it is how easy it is to dress up as him. All you need is a regular doctor’s costume and then you can add glasses and a Dr. Fauci nametag. This kit comes with a hat, coat, shirt, pants and a face mask. Don’t forget the National’s mask.

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